Donald J. Quigg
Donald J. Quigg served as Deputy Commissioner of the United States Patent and Trademark Office and Assistant Secretary and Commissioner of Patent and Trademarks.
Commissioner Quigg's visions and goals were, for example, to streamline patent appellate procedures, to register trademarks within 13 months by 1985, to grant patents within 18 months by 1989 and to achieve substantial automation of all respects of the operation of the Patent and Trademark Office by 1990.
Those goals were achieved on schedule.
Prior to entering government service, Mr. Quigg had been General Patent Counsel of Phillips Petroleum, a company he had joined in 1945.
After leaving full time government service, Mr. Quigg co-founded the law firm of Roper & Quigg, where he consulted on intellectual property law matters and served as an expert witness in numerous intellectual property litigations or patent consultations.
Mr. Quigg has served as the head of the United States Delegations to United Nations meetings on industrial property matters; and on the President's Committee on Industrial Innovation and United States Delegations, which were involved in multilateral discussions with the European Patent Office and the Japanese Patent Office.
is the recipient of the Jefferson Medal Award for exceptional achievement in the patent, trademark, and copyright fields from the New Jersey Patent Law Association
and on November 16, 2001, the was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Oklahoma Bar Association Intellectual Property.
While Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Quigg helped to establish a privately funded training program for patent examiners granting the benefit of exposure to laboratories and industrial sites.
also improved the process for resolving a dispute, and led the effort to adopt new rules for governing the conduct of attorneys practicing before the Patent and Trademark Office.
In addition, he
was instrumental in getting schools across the United States to adopt a program for encouraging students, grades K to 12, to approach and solve problems daily on an innovative basis.